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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2017 - 09:25 PM

I'm getting close to painting my Page tractor, but one thing that I do is install a screen behind the flywheel shroud/blower housing. I figured that since I was doing it, I might as well post a pic. This will save you the hassle of having a mouse, snake, or other critter from making a home in your engine. Mice like to build nests in this area, chew the wires, and piss all over the coil. I installed one of these screens made from 1/4" mesh in the Briggs model 23 in my Economy tractor. So far so good, no nests or cooling problems. I didn't install one of these screens in a Briggs 23D in a Simplicity tractor and a mouse destroyed my coil wire not long after the engine rebuild. If you live in an area where mice are around, install a screen like this to save yourself some aggravation. I'll secure it with two sheet metal screws and two small washers at the bottom. I just put two small blobs of high temp silicone at the top corners to secure it there.

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Posted July 05, 2017 - 09:36 PM

I've had the mouse nests in many, and a snake skin in one. You seem to have a good idea there. I will look at trying it the next 23D or 243341 that I work on(hopefully this weekend). Good Luck, Rick
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Posted July 05, 2017 - 09:45 PM

It works great, Rick. I have two Briggs engines without the screens, both have no screens in them, and both have no spark. I can see pieces of a mouse nest in the engine cooling fins, so these engines will get screens like this.
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Posted July 05, 2017 - 10:02 PM

I have dog and cat proof containers with rat and mouse poison all around where my tractors are.  No more problems.


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 04:37 AM

I keep plenty of mouse/rat bait around and use dryer sheets around the engine.  About 4 sheets per engine - $1 a box at Dollar Store.  I also leave the hoods up on the tractors.  Mice like dark places which is created with the hood down.


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 04:54 AM

Belive it or not, I had Danial boons dog here the other day.He's a friends dog. he was roaming my junk yard for mice. this dog does not eat dog food. it hunts meat. it will eat anything. except commercial dog food. He literaly ripped all the tin off a model 14 to get at some mice. He has ripped apart garden tractors. I said WTF, My friend said, I told you to keep an eye on him! And this is a nine year old dog!


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 06:17 AM

Just in time on this idea Classic. I have to pull the shroud off my 15 hp on my SS15 because of a mouse nest. Thankfully it runs well. I will use this idea for sure. Thanks!
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 07:05 AM

Jim this is my screen material hahahahaIMG_0029_1.JPG
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 07:14 AM

How to you attach them to the engine, Hank? HA! We have 3 outside cats, but there's always those clever mice that don't seem to get caught. The cats do keep the chipmunk population from exploding, though. With the bluestone walls and brush around here, there is plenty of cover for the critters.
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 07:22 AM

Mice stayed out of the one L head but started to build on top right between the fuel pump and the blower housing.  Chewed through the one plug wire and worked on another wire.  Forgot to put the hood up after the dryer sheets went in.


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 03:30 PM

When I put mine away for the winter I get Oil Of Peppermint and put it on several cotton balls and place them on the tractor and engine. Did this to our shed and it took 3 years for the squirrels ( chip munks / red squirrels ) to come back. Did it again and they left. Mice and squirrels are allergic to it and it keeps them away and it smells good all thru the winter. Just my thought.                                                                                                                                                    Roger


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 05:58 PM

I leave a Briggs out as bait to keep the mice out of the Kohler's. Lol
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 06:39 PM

Putting the spark plug back in would have kept this one out---LOL---Sorry about the hijack!

 

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Posted July 23, 2017 - 08:19 PM

Found a drowned mouse in the oil bath air filter on my 8N.  Started a Kohler 161 and the flywheel threw out several baby mice. Started a Ford 3000 the mouse ran out of the gauges and up my leg. Was cutting hay and a black snake ran up and over the front tire across the engine and kept going. Was glad he did not decide to go up my pants leg. 


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